Every resident in your homeowners association has made a large investment where they live and will have pride for their home and their community. It’s important to maintain that feeling by preserving the value in your community. In order to ensure this, your HOA board needs to have a plan in place. Cedar Management Group has some tips for maintaining a design review program.
A community will be most attractive to potential renters and homeowners when it looks great—which includes trimmed hedges, well-cut grass, and properly maintained building exteriors and common areas. Buildings should complement those beside them and should fit with the landscaping. Maintaining the attractiveness of the community is the key to preserving property values.
Homeowners associations need to have committees responsible for making sure the HOA’s architectural guidelines, or aesthetic standards that have been established by your board, are followed.
Having this program of design review will ensure your community is maintaining its appearance and its property values. Then homeowners can submit their properties for approval from the committee. If they are thinking about beginning a project for their home, they can contact your your design review committee. Some projects that warrant approval could be:
- Installing or redesigning landscaping
- Painting a home’s trim or exterior
- Adding onto the building
- Building a fence
- Installation of a satellite antenna
Once an application for the change is received, the design committee will have certain procedures for review and feedback based on the architectural guidelines of your HOA.
HOA Guidelines Vs. City Guidelines
Even if a homeowner gets approval from the city, they might still be in violation of your association’s guidelines. Make sure all owners know to request approval from each separately. Just as the state or city doesn’t know your guidelines, your homeowners association design review committee is not responsible for complying with the local or state building codes.
Reminding owners to submit design change requests to your board and having a set design review committee is the best way to uphold compliance with your guidelines, plus maintain a pleasant experience for those in the community. For more information, contact Cedar Management Group about what our management team can do for your Charlotte area association.